Candle Safety TipS
For Safety’s Sake, Please Trim the Wick
Trimming the wick to ¼ inch each time before lighting your candle will reduce uneven burning, excess smoking and dripping. It will also help ensure you won’t have an accidental candle fire.
Be candle-wise and practice the following safety precautions when burning candles:
The wick controls how a candle burns, providing the even and efficient consumption of wax, and optimum burning performance.
Trimming the wick ensures that it won’t get too long, which can cause the flame to get too high or flare, both of which can result in smoking and uneven burning.
But trimming the wick is also is a critical safety precaution for preventing breakage of a glass-filled candle toward the end of its burning life or avoiding scorching beneath a self-standing candle.
If a high concentration of carbon balls forms on a too-long wick, or a large mass of curled wick drops to the bottom of a glass container, this unwanted residue can act as a second wick and catch fire. This is known as secondary ignition
In some cases, the flame from secondary ignition can come in contact with the glass, causing it to break and possibly catching the supporting surface on fire.
So be sure to trim the wick each time before burning and to discard any burnt wick pieces. Don’t leave them in the candle, where they could result in secondary ignition.
If you notice the wick is getting too long or the flame is getting too high, blow out your candle, let it cool, trim the wick and then relight.
And last but not least... always read the fire-safety warning label on your candle, and follow the manufacturer’s use instructions. They’re provided to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience when burning candles.
Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before
going to sleep.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from
furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper,
flammable decorations, etc.
Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do
not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over
by children, pets or anyone else.
Trim candlewicks to 1/4 inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.
Always use a candleholder specifically designed for
candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy
and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heatresistant
surface. This will also help prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces and
prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and
debris at all times.
Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and
safety instructions carefully. Don't burn a candle longer
than the manufacturer recommends.
Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans
and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning
and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow
lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could
Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a
"tight" home where air exchange is limited.
Don't burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety,
discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if
in a container.
Never touch a burning candle or move a votive or container candle
when the wax is liquid.
Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a
glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon
Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts
that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the
safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
Never extinguish candles with water. The water can
cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass
container to break.
Be very careful if using candles during a power
outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are
safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a
candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet,
or when fueling equipment - such as a lantern or kerosene
Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and
the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. The candle
isn't burning properly and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for
drafts before re-lighting.
Never use a candle as a night light.